today, we will have live coverage here on the cspan accords. while we wait for the nra to get under way, we spoke earlier with a republican member of congress to get his thoughts on last night's action and the house on fiscal cliff legislation. > >> what happened inside the caucus last night at 7:30. >> it was about the short as one i have ever seen. john boehner said he did not have the vote and we passed the bill, two bills that harry reid has been sitting on and the senate. he said he is available to negotiate. mr. kantor said we would be called back within 48 hours notice and see you after christmas. that's all it was. host: are they negotiate from a position of strength? guest: the speaker has been negotiating as much as he can -- i think the president has not been dealing in good and faith and not negotiating at all. he gave us a plan that was his budget that was voted on in the senate, 99-0 against his budget and in the house, he gets zero votes for it also. that is what the president put on the table. i don't think he has been negotiating in good faith. we need to find solutions
a sign of how the nra works in washington. they have done the very effective job of steering that agency by threatening its budget, trying to keep them from having a permanent director. it has been six years. neither president bush nor president obama has been able to get a permanent director. host: we have been talking to matt bennett of third way. thanks for being with us. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> all this month, we've been talking with retiring members of congress. join us later tonight for a sit- down we had recently with nebraska senator ben nelson. he served two terms and was part of the so-called gang of 14. that is 8:00 eastern tonight here on c-span. here is a brief look. >> what is your thought about the art of compromise and how much it is valued in this city? >> it is value to talk about it. everybody back home want people to come back to washington and work together, and then they send people back here who have committed not to work together. that makes it very difficult. if you
asked. felons and domestic producers can easily get guns. 74% of nra members support closing this whole. we need a sustained, thoughtful, national conversation about solutions to air gun violence epidemic. a conversation that is respectful of the second amendment but cognizant of the risks dunst post to our families and neighborhoods, like in the cases you heard about today. none of these policies have anything to do with second amendment rights. this is the conversation the american public wants to have. those who own guns and those who do not, we are speaking out, based on one simple idea. we are better than this. we are here to make our voices heard. the voices of everyone that just want to live in a safer nation. we will take that message to the halls of congress and directly to the white house. we are not going away until america's gun policies to truly change and that we do everything we can to protect our children and our communities. we have shown that we are better than this. thank you for being here and thanks to all of you who share your stories and to have the courage.
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